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WORLD HAS FEWER HUNGRY PEOPLE TODAY THAN IN 1961

There are 150 million fewer malnourished people in poorer countries than three decades ago despite famine in Africa, U.N. food experts report.

Despite the addition of 1.8 billion humans over the past 30 years, the number of well-fed people has increased, says the report "Food and Nutrition: Creating a Well-fed World." Average food available rose from 2,290 calories per day per person in 1961 to 2,700 calories in 1990, it says."Right now, there's enough food to feed everyone, if in fact it could get to the people who need it," John R. Lupien, director of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, said in an interview about the report.

He credited the "green revolution" that improved grain varieties, the spread of better farming techniques, safer storage and better distribution.

The statistics were also improved by the addition of China's 1 billion people, who Lupien said are "in good shape nutritionally."